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What is AmeriCorps?

AmeriCorps is a federal program that engages service minded Americans in intensive community service at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith-based groups across the country. The participants in the program are referred to as “members.” The American Red Cross has managed and hosted AmeriCorps programs since the program’s founding in 1994.

AmeriCorps members help achieve the American Red Cross mission by focusing on under resourced communities providing much needed services that community members may not be able to afford.

AmeriCorps members are dedicated to providing disaster preparedness education to underserved neighborhoods, schools, and communities, and also responding to the needs of individuals and families when an emergency does occur. Additionally members engage the community with Red Cross health and safety programs including CPR, First Aid, emergency preparedness training, programming for individuals with disabilities and functional needs, youth programs and more.

What Red Cross AmeriCorps programs are in California?

Red Cross regions across the state are currently hosting close to 60 service members through three AmeriCorps programs. All three AmeriCorps programs work closely with their host Red Cross regions to best meet the needs of the local community they serve.

California Safe Corps – CSC is the oldest of the Red Cross AmeriCorps programs, with over 25 years of service in regions throughout the state. This program focuses on preparing communities for disasters by providing low-cost CPR and First Aid training to vulnerable communities, disaster response, and supporting the Red Cross Disaster Cycle Services. Members may also coordinate Red Cross Youth volunteers and aid with community outreach.

CA AmeriCorps Disaster Team – CADT is the Red Cross’s newest AmeriCorps program, created in partnership through CaliforniaVolunteers, to support community readiness and disaster response. The Disaster Team has the unique opportunity to work on all sides of the recovery process, by supporting both Red Cross and government run (FEMA, Cal OES, etc.) response and recovery efforts. Members also help build the Red Cross’s ability to support the community through volunteer recruitment, trainings, and engagement.

National Red Cross Corps – NRCC is a national AmeriCorps program that focuses on community preparedness through Pillowcase Project presentations, a partnership program with The Walt Disney Companies that educates 3rd to 5th grade students in their classrooms, and by leading Home Fire Campaigns, where Red Cross volunteers provide vulnerable communities with smoke alarms and readiness education. NRCC members may also focus on other Red Cross disaster functions and support military veterans through the Red Cross’s Service to the Armed Forces Department.

Interested in serving as an AmeriCorps member at the Red Cross?

The American Red Cross is current seeking individuals to serve as full-time AmeriCorps team members from late-August 2017 to July 2018.



Service locations may include:
  • San Diego
  • Orange County
  • Los Angeles Region (Santa Monica, Long Beach, Riverside, Arcadia, East LA, Canoga Park)
  • Central Coast (Bakersfield, Ventura, Fresno)
  • Bay Area (San Jose, San Francisco, Oakland)
  • Northern California (Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Eureka)
We look for highly energized and passionate individuals who are prepared to work full-time (including many nights and weekends) to serve the mission of the American Red Cross. The day-to-day work duties would depend on the role and which Red Cross Region you work within. Across all regions however AmeriCorps members focus on engaging communities through preparedness presentations, responding to local and national emergencies, and supporting clients in disaster recovery. AmeriCorps members also help build the Red Cross’s capacity by supporting our Youth Volunteer groups, recruiting and training new volunteers, and leading specialized volunteer teams across all lines of service.

This is a very rewarding program but also very tough, work includes attending meetings at night, events on weekends and you can be called out on a disaster at any given moment.

BENEFITS:
  • Invaluable experience from a nationally and internationally-respected organization for school, a future job or new career.
  • Extensive Red Cross and Emergency Management training
  • $5,815.00 Federal Education Award that can be applied to qualified student loans and future tuition
  • Living stipend paid bi-weekly
  • Basic Health Insurance for AmeriCorps member
  • Subsidized childcare (if applicable)
  • Student loan forbearance (on qualifying loans) during the term of service

REQUIREMENTS:
  • Successfully serve in the position for minimum 1700 hours for the term (10.5 months)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident
  • Must be 18 years of age at the start date of service
  • Have a valid Driver's License & clean driving record
  • Pass required criminal history background checks
  • Members should also be comfortable working with a wide variety of people from all walks of life and backgrounds, and respect the American Red Cross fundamental principles.

    TO APPLY:
    Submit resume to Joseph.Edwards@redcross.org and list top two (2) preferred service locations listed above. For more information please contact Joe Edwards at (310) 477-1413.

    PLEASE NOTE: AmeriCorps team position offers are contingent upon AmeriCorps funding notification.



AmeriCorps is administered by CaliforniaVolunteers and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service.


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